EPIC FOIA: EPIC Obtains Facebook Privacy Documents

In response to an EPIC Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the Federal Trade Commission has released supplemental materials from the biennial Facebook audits (production 1, production 2, production 3, production 4). The audits were required by the FTC’s 2011 Consent Order with Facebook. The documents…

EFF Tells the FTC Why We Need Better Competition and Consumer Protection Policies for Tech Companies

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is wondering whether it might be time to change how the U.S. approaches competition and consumer protection. EFF has been thinking the same thing and come to the conclusion that yes, it is. On August 20, we filed six comments…

EPIC Asks FTC and EDPB to Suspend Transfer of Facebook User Data to Social Science One

EPIC has sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and the European Data Protection Board urging the suspension of a proposed study that will disclose user data to third parties without their consent. EPIC warned that the Social Science One project transfer likely violates…

In EPIC FOIA Case, FTC Releases New Information from Facebook Audits

In response to an EPIC Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the Federal Trade Commission today released materials, previously withheld, from the biennial Facebook audits. The audits were required by the FTC’s 2011 Consent Order with Facebook. Heavily redacted versions of those audits were previously available…

Court of Appeals Vacates FTC’s LabMD Order, Finding It Lacked Specifics

The Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has vacated an administrative order by the Federal Trade Commission, which required the medical testing company LabMD to implement “reasonable” data security measures, finding that the order was not specific enough to be enforceable. The court explained…

EPIC Renews Call For FTC To Stop Secret Scoring of Young Athletes

EPIC has urged the Federal Trade Commission to act on a Complaint EPIC previously filed with the FTC about the secret scoring of young tennis players. The EPIC complaint concerns the “Universal Tennis Rating,” a proprietary algorithm used to assign numeric scores to tennis players,…

EPIC Renews Call For FTC To Stop Samsung’s Surveillance of the Home

EPIC has urged the Federal Trade Commission to act on a Complaint EPIC previously filed with the Commission concerning Samsung’s “always on” SmartTV, which surreptitiously records consumers’ private conversations and transmits their unencrypted voice recordings to third parties. EPIC also warned the FTC that “Samsung…

EPIC Urges FTC To Strengthen Revised Settlement with Uber

In detailed comments to the Federal Trade Commission, EPIC urged the FTC to strengthen a revised settlement with Uber. The FTC reached a settlement with Uber back in August of 2017 for its numerous privacy abuses, including secretly tracking riders and using software to evade…

FTC Commissioner Chopra: “FTC orders are not suggestions”

Incoming Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra issued a memo today warning that the FTC will enforce its consent orders against companies that violate the law. “FTC orders are not suggestions,” said Chopra. Chopra said the FTC should seek structural remedies as well as monetary fines….

EPIC Renews Call for FTC to Stop Google’s Tracking of Consumer Purchases

EPIC has urged the Federal Trade Commission to act on a Complaint EPIC previously filed with the Commission concerning Google’s tracking of consumer purchases. EPIC told the FTC that “this tracking of consumer purchases is without precedent and also raises questions as to what else…